Friday, July 20, 2018

WATER LILIES by Alan Alexander Milne


by Alan Alexander Milne

 Where the water-lilies go
To and fro,
Rocking in the ripples of the water,
Lazy on a leaf lies the Lake King's daugher,
And the faint winds shake her.
Who will come and take her?
I will! I will!
Keep still! Keep still!
Sleeping on a leaf lies the Lake King's daughter. . . .
Then the wind comes skipping
To the lilies on the water;
And the kind winds wake her.
Now who will take her?
With a laugh she is slipping
Through the lilies on the water.
Wait! Wait!
Too late, too late!
Only the water-lilies go
To and fro,
Dipping, dipping,
To the ripples of the water.




    For the salad
    1 clove garlic
    1 tsp salt, plus more to taste
    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 lemon, juiced
    150g pear tomatoes, sliced in rounds
    1 cucumber, unpeeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced
    3 pepperoncini peppers, stemmed and minced
    3g chopped fresh dill
    Freshly ground black pepper


    4 chicken breasts, about 110g each
    Olive oil spray
    Freshly ground black pepper


For the tomato-cucumber salad:

1) Smash the garlic clove, sprinkle with 1 tsp of salt and with the flat side of a large knife, mash and smear to a coarse paste. Put the garlic paste in a large bowl and stir in the olive oil and lemon juice. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, pepperoncini, and dill and toss. Give a couple of generous grinds of black pepper. Toss again, and set aside.

For the chicken:

1) Preheat a griddle pan or nonstick frying pan to medium high.

2) Spray the chicken breasts lightly with the olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Griddle the chicken, in batches if necessary, to avoid crowding the pan, turning once, until cooked through, about 2 mins per side. Place each breast on a plate and serve topped with the tomato-cucumber salad. 


APPLE PIE (easy)


1 deep-dish pie crust
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
1 large egg white
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 lb. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and/or Gala apples, each cored, peeled, and cut into 8 wedges
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice


1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F. While crust is thawing at room temperature for 15 minutes, mix pecans, flour, and brown sugar in bowl. Work in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

2. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately brush bottom and sides of hot crust with light coating of egg white. Reset oven to 425°F.

3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Toss in apples and lemon juice. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on High 12 minutes, stirring halfway through. Spoon filling into crust. Sprinkle pecan topping over filling.

4. Bake pie 10 to 12 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool on wire rack. 

Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.



Vegetables and fruit go together so well in juices. If you are worried about including veggies, do not be - the fruits lend all the sweetness you need. Besides, both carrots and kale are actually pretty sweet, and they lend a lovely, earthy flavor that perfectly complements apples, oranges, and berries.


2 gala apples
2 large carrots
1 orange
3-4 large kale leaves
1 cup blackberries


Juice all ingredients into a large measuring cup or bowl.
Strain if you have a picky drinker who like thin juices.
Serve immediately.

MAGICAL CREATURES (Dolphins) - by Kelly Gilby


by   Kelly Gilby
The ocean is vast, so wonderous and wide, 
it holds many magical creatures inside. 
The most magical is the DOLPHIN it seems, 
their joyous spirit glows and gleams.
Swimming for joy, both far and near, 
they'll sing their song for all to hear. 
Come join the pod and have some fun, 
part of the group, never more then one !

OPEN A BOOK - by Jane Baskwill


by Jane Baskwill
Open a book
And you will find
People and places of every kind;
Open a book
And you can be
Anything that you want to be;
Open a book
And you can share
Wondrous worlds you find in there;
Open a book
And I will too
You read to me
And I’ll read to you.



Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 

Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Amen !